I’m delighted to be one of the stops on today’s blog tour for this short story by Alexander Raphael.
In the summer of love, or rather of madness, a whole set of stories are emerging. But there is one that has got everyone talking. When Kurt Vannes decides to win back his ex-girlfriend with the help of a literary classic, he sets off a string of events that will build to a dramatic finale.
Author Bio –
Half-Welsh, half-Mexican and growing up in London, Alex Raphael was surrounded by different influences and interests. But it was always books that spoke to him most and had the greatest impact.
He started writing when at college, where his love of reading evolved into a desire to write, in particular focusing on poetry and short stories. Studying English and American Literature at university meant he took a break from writing, as well as giving him the chance to see more of Mexico on his travels. He concentrated on his journalistic career while working on different writing projects, but his favourite genre of literature has always been short stories as they are what first inspired him to write.
That’s why his first book was The Summer of Madness, a romantic short story that tells of a guy who goes out to try to win his ex-girlfriend back. Will you be rooting for Kurt and his big public gesture or is it more complicated than that and you don’t want her to date him again? Either way you’ll get to know a memorable set of characters along for the ride.
His second book Illusions, Delusions reflects Raphael’s love of alternative short stories from the writers of his childhood and challenges the idea of the narrative. Will your favourite be the story in the form of a questionnaire, a poem or a set of jokes, among the seven very different styles?
Alex Raphael is currently working on his third collection of short stories, which will provide a wide blend of genres and an assortment of very original premises and distinctive character, with his trademark imagination, humour and memorable dialogue.
Social Media Links – http://www.alexanderraphaelwriter.com/
It can sometimes be difficult with short stories to become fully immersed in the plot as there can often be little depth to the narrative. The premise of this book, although simply written, carries enough intrigue to maintain the reader’s attention throughout.
When Kurt’s girlfriend leaves him for paying more attention to his friends and game console than her and his initial efforts to win her back are to no avail, he decides to do something out of the ordinary and tries to capture her attention by reading chapters of her favourite book, Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, in the town centre each day.
Naturally, he soon draws an interested crowd, not all of whom are supportive of his gesture. But will he win back his girlfriend’s heart?
The most interesting aspect of this book is the reflection on how society treats Kurt and how his gesture impacts on the lives of others, from those working for the local newspaper, to those who see an opportunity to profit from him.
There are some other interesting angles between some of the peripheral characters too. This is less a love story than an observation of the chain of events that can spiral from one person’s actions. An interesting, quick read.
With thanks to the author, @rararesources and the publisher for the opportunity to be part of the tour.
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